The West has a genetic fear of Russia’s strengthening and thereby provokes one conflict after another

Summary

The biggest danger to Europe is the restoration of the USSR. Preventing this is the priority of German, French, American and other political forces. Western countries have a genetic fear of Russia’s strengthening and thereby provoke one conflict after another.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western Russophobiaaggressive anti-Russian western activities and belligerent West's attempts to encircle Russia.

The accussation that the Western countries of provoking conflicts  against Russia is unfounded. All the existing conflicts where Russia is involved were prokoved by Russia itself (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova).

After the end of the Cold War the  US and Western policymakers no longer viewed Russia as an a threat, but instead as a credible and responsible partner for Western states. The widespread assumption among US and European decision-makers was that economic, political and security cooperation with Russia, and its integration into the world economy, would encourage Russia’s democratic transition and modernisation, as well as its embrace of a foreign policy based on respect for international legal norms and support for the post-Cold War security architecture.

Even after the Russo-Georgian war in the summer of 2008, the US, the EU and most European states continued to view Russia not as a security problem but as a key partner.

The annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine in early 2014 was viewed both in Europe and the US as violating the basic rules of the post-Cold War European order, especially the rule that borders are inviolable and states should not use force to alter them or take over territory from other states. As a result of Russia’s aggressive actions in the Ukraine, many Western states - including key EU members such as Germany and France -  critically reassessed their “strategic partnership” policies towards Russia and began to view Russia as a serious challenge to the European security order.

See another disinformation case about western hysteria on Russia-Belarus talks in order to restore Great Russia and Western sanctions as a response to "Russias strenghtening". Similar cases on Russophobia in EU institutions, and in COE.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Russia, The West
  • Keywords: Provocation, Anti-Russian, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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The West is trying to keep refugees outside of Syria in order to influence their vote

About 1.5 million refugees have returned to Syria since the start of the conflict in 2011 and, hence, allegations that the Syrian government is not providing necessary conditions for their return are politically biased. The West is not helping Syrian refugees to return home as it channels large sums of money, like 7 billion euros allocated at the Brussels conference on supporting Syrian refugees, to refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. By doing so the West is trying to keep as many refugees as possible in camps outside Syria in order to influence how they vote in elections.

Disproof

No official data backs this claim. UNCHR has been counting the number of self-organized Syrian refugee returns. According to the latest estimates (as of June 30, 2019), up to 180 000 Syrian refugees have returned to Syria since 2016.

The cover photo of the article creates an impression as if the refugees are returning to the country. In fact, the photo was taken back in 2015 depicting a woman and a boy fleeing Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus.

US lieutenant colonel shocked by drunkenness and laziness of Ukraine’s soldiers

“Drunk, greedy and lazy”: American colonel calls out the Ukrainian military as the main problem of the Yavoriv Training Centre.
Disproof

Russian and Ukrainian media came up with this story based on a blog post supposedly made by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tracy, the United States Army commander of the Joint Multinational Training Group–Ukraine, where he claims that Ukrainian soldiers are "lazy and reluctant to work", "don't care about learning English" and all "drink dangerously high levels of alcohol". This is one in a long line of attempts to denigrate Ukrainian soldiers.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine called this "personal blog of US Lieutenant Colonel Robert Tracy" fake. Military officials published an official debunk of the story. This post was later removed and is no longer available. Later, the page was also deleted. Ukrainian journalists also noticed that the blog itself was created in August 2019, but some of its content dated back to the beginning of this year. In addition, other posts were written, not in the first person but by a third party.

The EU and US dream about waging a war against Russia from Belarusian territory

The US and EU do not need independent Belarus. Instead they need anti-Russian Belarus, similar to fascist Ukraine. The US and the EU dream about anti-Russian scenario in Belarus like the one they implemented in Ukraine in 2014. Westerners understand well that talks about the peace-making role of Belarus in Europe or about Belarus as European country is a good chance to tear Belarus away from Russia in order to to wage a war against Russia and multipolar global order not only from Ukraine but from the Belarusian territory too.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's attempts to stage a colour revolution in Belarus, to turn Belarus into an anti-Russian country, and therefore to encircle Russia and to conduct aggressive activities against it. It also puts forward frequent narratives about West-staged 2014 coup in Ukraine, West's war against Russia through Ukraine, and Nazi / Fascist Ukraine.

Nothing in bilateral tracks of cooperation suggests that the US's or EU's goal is to make Belarus an anti-Russian country as alleged. Read more about the relations between the EU and Belarus here.